South Carolina picked up its second SEC series victory this past weekend by defeating Tennessee two games out of three. It was a much needed series win to keep the Gamecocks in the mix for the SEC Championship.
Here are a few news and notes to share from the baseball team coming out of the weekend series and the upcoming schedule.
- South Carolina true freshman Jordan Montgomery picked up the SEC Freshman of the Week award for his performance against Tennessee on Saturday. Montgomery threw eight innings of work allowing just one run on three hits while picking up seven strikeouts. It was a very impressive performance against a UT team that had won eight straight games, including one against USC on Friday night. Montgomery is 2-0 on the year with 27 strikeouts to just two walks with a 2.70 ERA. I think South Carolina has found it's new weekend starter.
- The SEC named Michael Roth the 2011-2012 H. Boyd McWhorter Male Student-Athlete of the Year. Michael Roth will receive a $15,000 post-graduate scholarship. Roth is an extremely intelligent individual and has been successful on and off the field. He certainly deserves the recognition that he has received. Congrats to Michael Roth.
- South Carolina checks in at #18 in the Collegiate Baseball poll, in a tie for 9th in the Baseball America poll and at #10 in the USA Today Coaches poll. USC is currently 23-9 on the year with a 5-7 record in the SEC.
- South Carolina's Nolan Belcher will get the start against The Citadel on Tuesday night. Belcher is 1-1 on the year with a 2.25 ERA and the win came against Presbyterian College. It was his first win since May of 2010. He's contributing for the Gamecocks this year after sitting out last season with an arm injury. This could be another chance to show that he's ready to make a bigger impact for the Gamecocks going forward.
The Gamecocks take on The Citadel on Tuesday night at Carolina Stadium before traveling on the road to take on Francis Marion on Wednesday. South Carolina will welcome SEC foe Mississippi State this weekend for another SEC battle.